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The Whole Child Graduate Certificate

The Whole Child Graduate Certificate emphasizes the professional preparation of students at the graduate levels for a range of careers in education and nonprofits within diverse community contexts. The Certificate's playful learning pedagogy supports literacy, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning as well as social, emotional, physical development, and service learning.

 

The five graduate courses include study of the child-centered educational models of Montessori, Waldorf and Public Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia. Students in the Certificate program have an opportunity to work in UNF's state-of-the art Solve, Tinker, Explore, Play (STEP) Early Learning Lab. Additionally, the Early Childhood program's service learning and study abroad opportunities include visits to schools across England and Perugia, Italy, home to Maria Montessori's first laboratory school, as well as a Reggio Emilia school.

 

The Whole Child Graduate Certificate Coursework may be applied to a graduate degree with a focus in Early Childhood, with the approval of an advisor. For more information, contact Dr. Christian Winterbottom, program area leader c.winterbottom@unf.edu or Dr. Katrina W. Hall khall@unf.edu.

 

Courses reflect the Recommendations for Core Components for Public Waldorf Teacher Preparation from the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education

 

Two students in Whole Child Certification program working on a project Little girl using chalkboard in the UNF STEP Lab UNF student teaching children in a classroom setting

15 Credits Total

Cohort 1 starts Summer 2019

(6 credits Summer 2019, 3 credits distance learning online Fall 2019, 3 credits distance learning online Spring 2020, 6 credits Summer 2020)

  • Information on applying to a certificate program can be found in the UNF Catalog

Summer 2019 - 6 credits

EDE6205 Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood grades 1-4 (focus on Public Waldorf) (3 credits) (hybrid)

Description: This foundational course will focus on a study of the Public Waldorf interdisciplinary curriculum and its very specifically designed developmental approach. The course will cover other topics such as the role of the teacher, components of the main lesson including circle time, storytelling, review and effective integration of Florida standards. Students will participate in discussions and evidenced-based readings focusing on the importance of teaching to the head, heart and hands (thinking, feeling and willing). We will look at the way in which the Waldorf curriculum and instruction takes into consideration students' social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. In addition, the course will cover the rhythm of the day, transitions, and artistic work including handwork, crayon and colored pencil drawing, music and movement. Participants will have assigned readings, written reflections, and tasks each day. With guidance, participants will complete units of study that will align with Public Waldorf and state standards as well as evidence-based practices. Evaluation will include performance-based tasks related to curriculum and instruction, written reflections and completed units of study.

Meeting dates: July 8, 9, 10, 11,12 plus online work

Meeting times: 8am to 5pm

Location: Seaside Charter UNF Professional Development School

2865 Mayport Road 32233, and UNF campus

Instructor: Dr. Mary Goral

Contact Ms. Bowles tbowles@seasidecharter.org for information on host families and local hotels

EDE6935 Special Topics: History, Theory and Philosophy of Waldorf Education (3 credits) (hybrid)

Description: This foundational course will include the history and philosophy of the Waldorf Education movement in the United States, with a focus on Public Waldorf; an introduction to the philosophies of Rudolf Steiner, and an overview of the research base that supports Public Waldorf Education. Students will hear biographies of other educational philosophers in order to set Steiner in an accurate historical context. Artistic work, including singing, flute, water color painting and drama will help ground participants in the importance of the arts as paramount in human development. Participants will complete required readings, small and whole group discussions, written reflections, and a graduate level paper.

Meeting dates: July 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 plus online work

Meeting times: 8am to 5pm

Location: Seaside Charter UNF Professional Development School

2865 Mayport Road 32233, and UNF campus

Fall 2019 - 3 credits

EEC6756 Socio-Emotional Learning (3 credits)

Location: Distance Learning/Canvas

Instructor: Dr. Katrina Hall or Dr. Christian Winterbottom

Spring 2020 DL - 3 credits

EEC6756 Teacher thinking and decision making in school settings (3 credits)

Location: Distance learning/Canvas

Instructor: Dr. Mary Goral

Summer 2020 - 3 credits

EEC6205 Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood grades 1-4 (focus on Public Waldorf) (3 credits) (hybrid)

Meeting dates (tentative): July 6-10 and July 13-17

Location (tentative): Seaside Charter School 2865 Mayport Road 32233, and UNF campus

Instructor: Dr. Mary Goral

Note: For Summer 2020: Additional course offerings will be available for those working on master's degree, Public Waldorf credential, or needing 18 graduate credits hours to teach at the college/university undergraduate level.

 

The Whole Child Graduate Certificate

Program of Study

EDE6225-Elementary School Curriculum (3 credits)

EEC6205-Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood grades 1-4 (3 credits)

EDE6935-Special Topics (3 credits)

EEC6756- Social Emotional Learning and the Young Child (3 credits)

EDG6070- Teacher Thinking and Decision Making in School Settings (3 credits)

Total: 15 credits

For information on the program, contact Dr. Katrina Hall: khall@unf.edu